If you have never attended the annual MLA conference, now's your chance!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Apply for the to attend the Massachusetts Library Association Conference-
Libraries: Our Common Wealth, MLA 2018, May 21-23, Sheraton, Framingham.
Six (6) scholarships are available to help first time attendees defray the costs of attending the annual MLA
Conference. The scholarships are available to current and future library staff who wish to attend the Conference.
- Two Kay Bader scholarship will be awarded to a currently enrolled library school student.
- One Kay Bader scholarship will be awarded to a high school student who works or volunteers in a library.
- Two Kay Bader scholarships will be awarded to Massachusetts librarians, paralibrarians, trustees or friends.
One Midwest Tape scholarship will be awarded to a Massachusetts librarian or paralibrarian.

Who is eligible?
• All applicants must be first time MLA Annual Conference attendees
• Massachusetts librarians and paralibrarians from all library types. All staff levels are encouraged to apply!
• Massachusetts librarians or paralibrians who are between jobs
• Massachusetts residents who are currently enrolled in an accredited M.L.S. program
• Massachusetts residents who are new graduates of an accredited M.L.S. program
   *Degree must have been conferred no earlier than 12/31/2017
• Currently serving trustees of a Massachusetts library
• Current members of a Massachusetts Library Friends group

When is the deadline and when are winners announced?
Completed applications must be received by April 15, 2018.Extended to April 23, 2018!
Winners will be notified by telephone by April 26, 2018.

What does the scholarship cover?
The scholarships cover the cost of registration on the days of attendance, conference meals and half the cost of accommodations for those requiring lodging on Monday and/or Tuesday nights. The scholarship does not cover transportation. Scholarship winners will also receive a complimentary membership to the Massachusetts Library Association for May 2018-April 2019 and are encouraged to become active MLA members by joining a committee.

If I win a scholarship, what are my obligations?
Scholarship winners need only to attend one day of the conference and are free to choose whatever sessions most interest them. Scholarship winners will be asked to write a brief account of their MLA conference experience for the MLA newsletter and website.

Questions?
If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact a member of the scholarship committee:
Ellen MJ Keane at: Ellen_Keane@uml.edu
Danielle Kovacs at: dkovacs@library.umass.edu
Kirsten Underwood at: kunderwood@mvlc.org

How do I apply?
Applicants must submit their contact information and a 300-500 word statement answering one of the following questions and the information questions below:

* 1. This year's conference theme is Libraries: Our Common Wealth. Are libraries our common wealth? If so, what does that mean to you? If not, why not?

* 2. How do libraries support the health of our Commonwealth?

* 3. What do you hope to gain from attending Libraries: Our Common Wealth, MLA 2018?

* 4. In what type of library to you work or volunteer?

* 5. Are you currently enrolled as a student?

* 6. Please enter your contact information:

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